Mahala Brown Hargraves, a daughter of the late John E. Brown and Lula Carter Brown, was born November 8, 1927 in Powhatan County, Virginia.
At an early age she was converted, baptized and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church where she served on the deaconess ministry and on the sick and shut-in committee. She attended Powhatan County Public Schools.
After school she was joined in wedlock to James Leroy Hargraves. From this union five children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter, Maydawn.
She was employed as a domestic worker for many years.
Mahala was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved to cook and was known for her “pocket book rolls”.
For about two years she has been in declining health and departed this life on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at Ruxton Health at the Meadows in Goochland, Virginia.
She leaves to cherish her memory: four children, Iolet White (Donald), James (Donnie) Hargraves (Veronica), Yvette Decker and Leavonia (Vonnie) Hargraves (Cynthia); ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Brown and Earlene Wilson; two sisters-in-law, Kate Brown and Alice Fisher; a brother-in-law, David Fisher, Sr.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
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There is no death in heaven,
For those who gain that shore;
They have received immortality,
And they can die no more.
Servant of God well done!
Rest from Thy loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter Thy master’s joy.
Done In Sorrow
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